LEBANON: Hezbollah buries its top commander Mustafa Badreddine

Lebanese group buries its military commander in Beirut as it investigates his death in large explosion in Syria Hezbollah says it will soon reveal who it believes killed its military commander, Mustafa Badreddine, in a large explosion in Syria, the biggest blow to the militant Lebanese group in the past eight years. Ahead of the […]

Brawl breaks out at Turkish parliament, video

This footage of a full-on brawl wasn’t filmed in a unsavoury bar… it was filmed in the Turkish parliament. On one side were deputies from Turkey’s ruling party, the AKP. On the other side were deputies from the pro-Kurdish opposition group HDP. And they both threw a lot of punches. On April 29, a parliamentary commission […]

Palestinian refugees from Syria now refugees in Lebanon

The Beddawi camp for Palestinian refugees in northern Lebanon is one of the country’s largest, with a population of 30,000, and the war in Syria has brought a surge in numbers. The area is one of Lebanon’s poorest, with high unemployment rates and deteriorating infrastructure. Mahar is one of thousands of Palestinian refugees who has […]

Obama challenges Communist-led Cuba with call for democracy

U.S. President Barack Obama challenged Cuba’s Communist government with an impassioned call for democracy and economic reforms on Tuesday, addressing the Cuban people directly in a historic speech broadcast throughout the island. Taking the stage at Havana’s Grand Theater with President Raul Castro in attendance, Obama said he was in Cuba to extend a hand […]

Flydubai Flight FZ981: An airliner crashes in Russia , 62 aboard reported dead, updates

A Boeing 737 passenger jet crashed as it was landing at the Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia, the country’s Southern Regional Emergency Center said Saturday. All people on board have died, Russian state news agency Tass reported, citing an official at the emergency center. Flydubai Flight 981 had traveled from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don with 55 […]